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Offset smoker/Wind issue


Joined Nov 26, 2021
Hi. I have a 275 gallon offset. Homemade from a oil drum.
Tested on it 2 days in a row and was burning great. 4 am this morning I threw 3 briskets on, was doing great for 4 hours. The weather changed, wind picked up drastically. I could not get the fire to burn well or burn clean it would smolder out, I tried door open door closed. 3 hours later I gave up and finished in the oven. Can I really not use this in the wind???????? Thanks for any help.



Master of the Pit
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Joined Aug 13, 2015
I don't have a monster like that, but with my offset I've found that having the firebox toward the prevailing wind helps a bit.
I hate wind....


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Joined Jun 22, 2009
It doesn’t look like you have any vents in the firebox, so you would need to use the door as a vent. If that is the case I would position the smoker so the wind is not blowing directly at the door. I would put the smoker in a position so the door is perpendicular to the wind.


Smoke Blower
Joined May 12, 2019
When I ran an offset smoker, I always ran it with the firebox vent facing away from the wind. That way I didn't have to deal with gusts Messi g with things. If the wind changed, I went out, and spu the smoker around. Granted I didn't have one anywhere near that big. But the same concept should apply, and may work for you.

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